As Halloween is fast-approaching, you may be thinking about what kinds of treats you’ll have available for the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. Now, maybe you don’t give out treats (the Mom-side of me thanks you for your pretzels, fruit leathers, pencils, stickers, or pennies for Unicef!). But if you do offer candy, you may want to consider keeping Nestlé treats out of your trick-or-treat bowl this year.
Why No Nestle? A very short synopsis: there has been an active boycott on Nestle since July 7th 1977, stemming from their promotion of breastmilk substitutes (infant/baby formula) over breastfeeding, particularly in under-developed countries. Nestlé continues to violate the WHO (World Health Organization) code by persisting in their marketing of infant formula in places where doing so (instead of promoting breastfeeding) can lead to illness, malnutrition, and death of babies (for reasons such as formula mixed with contaminated water is dangerous, formula is too expensive for many women to purchase, and often gets watered down, resulting in malnutrition). Nestlé also controls much of the bottled water industry (and thus the sources of water) in the United States. (If you’re ready to be frightened by the state of water in our country, I highly recommend the movie Tapped) Nestlé also promotes unhealthy eating through their production and marketing of high-sodium “Gerber Graduates” processed foods to toddlers.
For more information on the Nestlé boycott, here are some good places to start:
So, you'd like to try to keep your Halloween Nestlé- free, but not sure which products Nestlé produces? Well… take a deep breath; they’re everywhere (I'd rather not directly link to their site, but if you Google Nestlé, you can find everything they have their name on - and it's a ton)! For the purpose of International Nestlé-Free Week (which runs from October 31st thru November 6th) I’ve created a list, limited strictly to candy.
List of Nestlé Candies, Chocolates, and Confections:
Bit O Honey
Kit Kat (outside of the U.S.)
Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
Nestle Milk Chocolate
Oh Henry! (inside the U.S.)
Smarties (outside of the U.S.)
So… Which candies CAN you buy this year?
My vote is for Fair-Trade Organic Chocolate or Organic Lollipops! Of course, that’s not always practical nor affortable! So, here’s a list of...
Conventional Candies NOT Produced by Nestlé:
Cadbury Crème Egg
Cadbury Dairy Milk
Good & Fruity
Good & Plenty
Hershey’s Special Dark
Ice Breakers Gum
Kit Kat (inside the U.S.)
Oh Henry (outside of the U.S.)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Smarties (inside the U.S.)
York Peppermint Patty
Thanks for considering participating in Nestlé-Free Week and... Happy Halloween!